Ron Washington thought he had Braves' managing job: 'No doubt in my mind'

Ron Washington expected to be the Braves' next manager. He thought he nailed the interview. But he got another offer instead — third base coach.“I thought my interview was good to the point I got that I had the (manager’s) j

ob, no doubt in my mind,” Washington told the San Jose Mercury News. “But you never know what the other side is thinking and how it will go. They offered me a different job in the organization. They really liked the job Brian Snitker did as their interim guy, which is good." MORE: Must-see photos from the NLDSWashington, most recently a coach with the A's, managed the Rangers for eight seasons, twice taking the team to the World Series. The A's reportedly made a strong effort to keep him on staff, even matching the salary the Braves offered, but the decision to take the Atlanta job was a matter of convenience. "I felt taking this job was good for me and my family. This is all me and Geri (wife Geraldine) making the decision," Washington told the Mercury News. "It’s important to both of us that I be closer to home. It’s a seven-hour drive and a plane flight of 1:15. Getting home from Oakland takes a little longer.”MORE: Braves still don't seem ready to commit to Brian SnitkerSnitker, 60, who has been in the Atlanta organization for more than 40 years, took over for the fired Fredi Gonzalez in May and was given the full-time managing job after leading the Braves to 20 wins in their final 30 games.

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